John Leach

John Leach
John Leach, eldest grandson of renowned potter Bernard Leach and son of David Leach, continues the family tradition at Muchelney Pottery on the edge of the ancient village of Muchelney in the heart of the Somerset Levels. He started the pottery in 1965 with his wife Lizzie who manages the Pottery Shop adjacent to the workshops. Master Potters, Nick Rees and Mark Melbourne work alongside John. Making up the crew is Nick’s daughter Rachael Rees, who helps co-ordinate the exhibitions in the John Leach Gallery.

Muchelney kitchen pots are used daily in kitchens all over the world, but the pottery is still very much a small family business. The pots are all lovingly hand-thrown, using local clays, and wood-fired in the three-chambered kiln to the high stoneware temperature of 1320°C, which creates their distinctive ‘toasted’ finish.